Was he or wasn’t he paid by Mexican government to pose with pres?

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Actor Kevin Spacey and Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto in this selfie taken by Spacey and posted on his Twitter account.

Actor Kevin Spacey and Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto in this selfie taken by Spacey and posted on his Twitter account.

It seemed innocent enough: Two famous men running into each other at a public event by coincidence, exchange pleasantries, take a selfie and post it on Twitter.

But the meeting between “House of Cards” actor Kevin Spacey and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto this month in Cancún is now at the center of a political controversy in Mexico.

Spacey, who plays a president on the Netflix series, House of Cards posted the selfie with the Mexican leader on May 7 on Twitter with the caption: “1 President is real. W/Pres Nieto in #Mexico. Good meeting a man also making progress in 1st year in office.”

But on May 12 Mexican columnist Salvador García Soto wrote in the 24 Horas newspaper that Spacey had been paid $8 million by the Mexican federal government. Political analysts immediately started questioning whether the meeting had truly been “a coincidence” or a shameless, self-promotional ploy by the President, paid for by Mexican taxpayers.

Spacey denied the allegations while the Mexico Tourism Board said that Spacey was paid to appear at the tourism event but not to pose with the President.

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